Lake Almanor offers some of the finest water sports options in California. With 72-degree surface temperatures in the summer and over 52 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of room to enjoy wake surfing, water skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, and sailing.

Almanor Lakeside Ranch is just a two-minute car ride to the largest marina area in the Almanor Basin. Knotty Pine Resort and Big Cove Resort combine to make up over 300 leased annual boat slips, and each of the resorts has day-use boat launching available for a fee. These two resorts offer full-service gas stations on the water, various boat and personal watercraft rentals, and a small general store for convenience items.

Knotty Pine Resort also operates a valet boat launching service provided through Almanor Dry Dock. This service combines convenient storage along with a hands-off approach to launching. Simply call the valet launching line, and request that your boat be placed into a courtesy slip in the lake until you arrive. Once you have had some fun, call to have it pulled out of the water and stored in a covered off-site storage area.

There are several sites within the LFWR development to increase boat storage facilities or general storage units. A similar custom boat launching service would be easy to implement given the close proximity to these two large marinas. There are many options to access the lake, and the convenience of these two neighboring marinas creates a no-hassle approach to boating!

endless year-round adventure

Lake Almanor is a legendary Northern California location with endless year-round recreational uses, including water skiing, swimming, biking, hiking, etc. In many respects, the area resembles Lake Tahoe fifty years ago.


Lake Almanor is a short flight from the San Francisco Bay Area. The Rogers Field Airport in Chester, CA, is an eight-mile drive away. Its 5,000-foot runway accommodates most private jet aircraft.